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Settlement close for former Mountain State University students


BECKLEY (WVVA) Former Mountain State University students have agreed to a proposed settlement with the defunct college.

The exact details of the proposed settlement are not known. According to a news release by the University of Charleston, the former MSU has agreed to sell its real estate and the majority of the contents in the buildings. The University of Charleston will have to vacate the campus after the 2014-2015 academic year.

“UC understands the need for the settlement and supports it. UC will continue to offer all but our culinary arts programs at the UC-Beckley campus this year, and we will work with community leaders to identify another location in Beckley to offer needed programs after this coming academic year, “says UC President Dr. Ed Welch.

“We're a little nervous in that we've got to convey this message well to both the new and returning students. We still are confident our faculty and staff are very good, and they can help these students persist and achieve their goals of their degree, and their job pursuits, This announcement is a little bit of a bump in the road that we've got to...get over the bump, and make sure we convince folks that they continue to look at UC,” says UC Regional President Jerry Forster.

In Martinsburg, programs offered by the University of Charleston will be moved to the National Guard facilities.

The settlement is based on a pool of funds created from MSU's assets, insurance, and other sources. It will allow students to receive compensation for their losses.

If approved, the proposed settlement will release MSU from any further litigation from former students. The former university admits no wrongdoing as part of the agreement.


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